Saturday, January 03, 2009

Life's Little Instruction Book

Happy New Year 2009, my fellow bloggers! Hope you all have a fantastic year ahead.

As usual, no resolutions for this year. :) But I did want to share something fun. While I was reading some old emails I came across this one - sent to me by a sweet person I know. Though I don't agree with each and every one of these instructions, I do like most of them and I think it is a good idea to follow some rules like these in life.

Life's Little Instruction Book

  • Have a firm handshake.
  • Look people in the eye.
  • Sing in the shower.
  • Own a great stereo system.
  • If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
  • Keep secrets.
  • Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.
  • Always accept an outstretched hand.
  • Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
  • Whistle.
  • Avoid sarcastic remarks.
  • Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness or misery.
  • Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
  • Lend only those books you never care to see again.
  • Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
  • When playing games with ! children, let them win.
  • Give people a second chance, but not a third.
  • Be romantic.
  • Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  • Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
  • Don't allow the phone to interrupt important moments.It's there for your convenience, not the caller's.
  • Be a good loser.
  • Be a good winner.
  • Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
  • When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
  • Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.
  • Keep it simple.
  • Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
  • Don't burn bridges. You'll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
  • Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets
  • Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the one's you did.
  • Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
  • Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
  • Take charge of your attitude. Don't let someone else choose it for you.
  • Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.
  • Begin each day with some of your favorite music.
  • Once in a while, take the scenic route.
  • Send a lot of Valentine cards. Sign them, 'Someone who thinks you're terrific.
  • Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
  • Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table.Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.
  • Show respect for everyone who works for a living regardless of how trivial their job.
  • Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
  • Make someone's day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.
  • Become someone's hero.
  • Marry only for love.
  • Count your blessings.
  • Compliment the meal when you're a guest in someone's home.
  • Wave at the children on a school bus.
  • Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
  • Don't expect life to be fair.

    ps. Please do share if you know the source for these.

    10 comments:

    Dewdrop said...

    :) Nice! Had read these in mail fwds - was good to recall them!

    Cuckoo said...

    Nice lines Kanan. Made me smile. Never read them before. I have e-mailed this to my friends.

    Thanks for sharing it.

    Happy new year to you & your loved ones.

    A said...

    This is a series of books written by H. Jackson Brown. he used to write these instructions and gift them to his son on his birthdays.

    I have 3 parts of these books(hard copy). You can simply pick up any one and start reading any random page. Really worth a keep!!!

    Urv said...

    :)

    Nice list chhe :D

    Template changed haan.. :)

    ~ ॐ ~ said...

    a lovely list... have bookmarked this page for future reference too :)

    Soham Shah said...

    Nice list, Kanan !!

    Some of them were just awesome ..

    Jaydip Mehta (JD) said...

    Cool list .. reading it first time .. Mailed to my friends ..

    Few of my favorites are :
    When playing games with ! children, let them win.

    Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.


    Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.



    When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.


    Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table.Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.


    Wave at the children on a school bus.



    Don't expect life to be fair.

    theBollywoodFan said...

    Lend only those books you never care to see again.

    Applying this to movies, and I know I don't need to lend Rang De Basanti to anyone any more. It's needed five replacements in less than three years! =)

    Good stuff, Kanan. Thanks.

    rahul said...

    nice lines..but I too don't agree with a few like hit first..........happy new year to you!!!

    Kanan said...

    Dewdrop, thanks. :) glad to know.

    Cuckoo, thank you, happy new year and best wishes to you as well. Some of them also brought a smile to my face, specially the lil crazy ones.

    A, hey! thanks for the source info. What a nice thing to receive from your dad. Thank you for the info, appreciate it.

    Urv, thanks. Junu template boring laagtu hatu etle change kari lidhu. How are ya?

    Prashant, glad you liked it too, thanks. :)

    Soham, thank you!

    Jaydip, thank you for sharing your favorites. :) I like your choices.

    theBollywoodFan, hahaha! I know what you mean. I'm sorry to hear about your story of RDB. Very welcome. :)

    Rahul, thank you, happy new year to you! :) Welcome to my blog.